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Pittsburgh Spirits Buying Wigle Whiskey

Pittsburgh’s Wigle Whiskey and its fellow craft cider company Threadbare Cider & Mead recently agreed to be sold to Pittsburgh Spirits.

A statement from the spirits companies said the sale to Pittsburgh Spirits will ensure the brand will remain family-owned, in Pittsburgh, and continue to expand.

“Creating and growing Wigle and Threadbare has been the most enriching, challenging, and rewarding project we could have undertaken as a family the past decade,” said Meredith Meyer Grelli, Wigle & Threadbare co-founder. “We have poured every bit of ourselves into these companies. After conducting an exhaustive search for partners who would continue to grow Wigle and Threadbare, we are proud to transition our beloved companies to Pittsburgh Spirits.”

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Pittsburgh’s Wigle Whiskey and its fellow craft cider company Threadbare Cider & Mead recently agreed to be sold to Pittsburgh Spirits. (image via Debbie Nelson/The Whiskey Wash)

She said they interviewed prospective partners from across the country, and the world, but it was only when they talked with Pittsburgh Spirits, that they knew they’d found the right successors.

“Our greatest hope was that Wigle and Threadbare would remain family and Western Pennsylvania owned,” Grelli said. “We know that Bob (Nutting), his family and the team at Pittsburgh Spirits will be owners devoted to quality, innovation, regional story-telling, and cultivating our team and Wigle and Threadbare’s regional and national footprint.”

Bob Nutting noted that with every conversation he had with the Meyer-Grelli family, he had a deeper appreciation for how much they care about the company and the team of people behind the growing success of these brands.

“Their passion is infectious,” Nutting said. “We are honored to be selected as the steward of these brands and proud to remain true to what they stand for, an authentic Pittsburgh-based, family-owned company that cares deeply about the product and community.”

Wigle Whiskey started distilling in 2011. It’s named for Philip Wigle, the man who started the 1790s Whiskey Rebellion in protest of Alexander Hamilton’s whiskey tax, when he punched a federal tax collector.

Wigle Whiskey was among the first direct-to-consumer craft distilleries in Pennsylvania since Prohibition. It’s a two-time James Beard semi-finalist and one of the most awarded craft whiskey distilleries in the U.S. for seven years by the American Craft Spirits Association.

“Wigle and Threabare have become key parts of an ever evolving food scene in Pittsburgh and throughout the region,” said Eric Mauck, CEO of Pittsburgh Spirits. “Our goal is to listen and learn from the current team of experts as to how our hospitality and customer service expertise can best support the future of both brands.”

Wigle produces, directly sells, and distributes rye whiskey, bourbon as well as a wider portfolio of ready to drink cocktails, gin, rum, liqueurs, Amari and bitters in 10 states.

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